I Had Bad Luck at The Joy Luck

joyluck1As you have probably already figured out by reading my reviews, we like Mexican food. Truth is, my husband really likes Mexican food so he wants that cuisine about 80% of the time we choose to dine out.  Well folks, tonight I won the decision!  I have been drooling over the scrumptious photos from The Joy Luck and was anxious to experience those Asian flavors.

The Joy Luck is located on Bardstown Road right across from Baxter Theater.  In fact, that’s precisely where we parked.  It was a nice night but a little too cool to enjoy the alfresco dining on their adorable patio area.  The interior of the restaurant is nicely appointed with cool hanging lights, large dramatic art pieces, and contemporary chairs.  If you look to your left when you enter, there is the cutest, coziest little seating area with a view of the street.  I really wanted to sit there but another couple had already snagged it.

I have no complaints about the service except that our guy recommended the most expensive dish on the menu (the Beijing roast duck) and the seafood casserole which (spoiler alert) left me sadly disappointed.

But this is the beginning of our meal and I was excited about trying something new. My first instinct was to order the orange chicken.  My husband was fairly determined to get some sort of duck.  We took our time reviewing the menu and decided to begin with an appetizer of pork dumplings.  Given two choices, steamed or pan fried, we chose the latter and I’m glad we did.  One side of the dumpling was tender and forgiving to the fork while the other side was golden-brown and slightly crispy.  The well-seasoned tender pork filling was delicious.

joyluck3After asking our server for the fateful recommendations, my husband goes with the Beijing Roast Duck for $26.  Purportedly one of the most popular menu items, the “best part of the duck” is served with fluffy pancakes and accompaniments.  The dish was beautifully presented on a wooden cutting board made by Boos.  Four fluffy pancakes stacked with tender sliced duck, crunchy shredded vegetable, and hoisin sauce.  They were like puffy Asian tacos.  A delicate rose fashioned from a cousin of the radish (?) and vermicelli-style carrot provided the garnish.  I definitely give them an A for visual impact.  I stole one taste and decided it didn’t excite me.   Husband really enjoyed his food, although he felt the price tag was a little too steep for the product.

joyluck2I, unfortunately, succumbed to our server’s recommendation for the seafood casserole which was probably the second most expensive menu item (on the newly revised menu it is listed as “market price”). Honestly, it sounded good to me.  Mussels, shrimp, scallops, veggies, and curry.  I love all those components so, why not?  I’ll tell you why not.  It was freakin’ HOT.  Not spicy hot, although it had enough heat to keep things interesting.  It was temperature hot like the depths of hell.  It was so hot, I burnt my mouth on the first bite and tried my darndest not to spit it right back out like Sandra Bullock does with the foul, low-fat hot chocolate the soon-to-be Miss United States serves her in Miss Congeniality.  (do you have the visual?)  It was so hot, it completely overcooked the delicate seafood and melted the veggies.  The snow peas were limp as noodles after spending a little time in the Hades Hot Tub of Curry.  I couldn’t have been more disappointed.  I paid a lot of money for four or five medium-sized shrimp that survived the boiling cauldron fairly well, a few small bay scallops that were on the verge of rubbery, a half dozen mussels that had crossed over completely to rubber, and various overcooked vegetables.  The flavor of the broth could be described as scalding.

I really regretted not going with the orange chicken.

This brings me to a philosophical thought.  What does one do in a situation like that?  On one hand, I could have told our server that my food was insanely hot resulting in overcooked everything and they may have offered to redo it or bring something else or adjust the bill.  On the other hand, I chose to accept my fate based on the choice I made when I ordered.  I don’t want to be perceived as trying to get a free meal or being a “complainer”.  In my opinion, the error was in the preparation therefore I should have been able to ask them to rectify it without feeling guilty or shameful (right?) but when in that situation, I feel guilty and shameful anyway.  What would you do?

I would like to go back and give it another try if I can ever again talk my husband into eating something other than Mexican. Or a cheeseburger.

I give The Joy Luck two out of five for this experience.

The Joy Luck
1285 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY  40204
502-238-3070

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El Mariachi – Delicioso!

mariachi5Some couples run together, some do volunteer work together, some enjoy traveling together.  My husband and I share a love of Mexican food and we are committed to enjoying some each and every week.  We probably should combine that habit with some running to keep our waistlines in check, huh?

Our target this week: El Mariachi.  The restaurant is located in a small strip mall off LaGrange Road.  There is a treasure trove of good eats in this little shopping center including a bakery where you can procure fresh made corn tortillas and churros among many other offerings.  There is also a butcher shop and a grocery.  We frequent the grocery when we are planning to make Mexican at home.  The prices on the fresh produce can’t be beat, especially when we need more than a dozen limes just for the margaritas.  The grocery also boasts a nice selection of various varieties of chili peppers.  It was so fun just to browse and smell all the chilies.

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The interior is reminiscent of the other Mexican joints around town.  The menu, though, began to show how this particular eatery would stand apart from the rest.  I wish I could remember all the items I wanted to tell you about.  Go to their website and take a look at it yourself.  This food is different from what you’ll get at an El Nopal.

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The chips were obviously corn tortillas cut and fried fresh.  For me, they were too thick and retained too much of the oil for maximum enjoyment but, of course, I ate my fair share.  We were served a trio of salsas:  a green salsa, a spicy red salsa, and a typical tomato salsa.  My favorite of the three was the tomato salsa.  We debated the type of chili we thought was used in the green salsa and my husband was convinced it was poblano.

 

mariachi3I ordered a combination of chicken enchilada, beef taco, and Mexican rice.  The enchilada did not have “filler” peppers and onions, but was filled with tender chicken.  The sauce was the star.  Very dark brown and rich.  It was plated with an artful squirting of crema and a sprinkling of fresco cheese.  The best enchilada I’ve tasted aside from Guaca Mole, which is really in a different category of restaurant.n  The seasoned beef in the taco was great and was topped with lettuce, cheese and tomatoes.  I loved the rice which was mildly seasoned with an assortment of veggies.  Yes, they were probably thrown in the pot from a bag of frozen mixed veggies but the flavor of the broth the rice was cooked in combined with the veggies simply made me happy.

 

mariachi4My husband ordered a combination of two beef tacos and a chicken flauta.  I’m surprised I even got to taste the flauta because it was super delicious.  in fact, I think it’s one of the truest displays of love my honey has ever shown me.  I wanted to order a dozen of those babies and take them home with us to snack on the rest of the day.  Filled with tender shredded chicken, the rolled flour tortilla was fried super crisp without being greasy.  It was crowned with crema and cheese.  Three letters;  O.  M.  G.

Service was good and prices reasonable.  The restaurant, while appearing a bit “worn”, was very clean.  We will definitely be back to enjoy those flautas again and try something new.  I think I’ll have to get another enchilada, too.  That sauce is so good.  Excuse me while I daydream….

Even though the chips could be improved, I’ve got to go with Four out of Five because it’s better than a rating of three and I hate to get into the whole decimal thing.

El Mariachi
9901 Lagrange Rd Ste I
Louisville, KY 40223
502-413-5770

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Fish Sandwich Throwdown: The Fishery Versus the Fish House

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The Fishery in St. Mathews

I have a thing for fish sandwiches.  It all started when I was a scrawny, unfortunate-looking kid.  I was a picky eater with a capital “P”.  When my parents would take us to McDonalds, I was forced to find something to eat.  McDonalds didn’t introduce the chicken nugget until 1983 so I had the options of hamburgers or a filet o’ fish.  I didn’t like hamburgers and would never consider eating one on a BUN with CONDIMENTS.  Eeeeew…gag me with a spoon.  So I went with the fish sandwich.  I could live with the bun, but not the cheese or tarter sauce.  My dad absolutely hated going to McDonalds with me and having to order that fish sandwich plain because it meant we got the orange road cone placed atop our car and we had to pull over into a parking spot to wait on the special order.  Many times they made it wrong and it would be presented to us with either cheese or tarter sauce which made me wonder why people can’t understand what the word “plain” means.

Now that I’m all grown up, I’m not that picky of an eater but I still like my fish sandwiches unadulterated.  I want to taste the FISH!  Before I moved to Kentucky, my blogging partners and I did an extensive study during Lent on the best fish sandwich available in Charleston, WV.  We aptly named the series: Top Fish.  The winner was a glorious sandwich from the Fresh Seafood Company made of two breaded whitefish fillets and a buttery, flaky croissant. It’s still one of the best to ever cross my lips.

Here in Louisville, I haven’t been presented with many opportunities to partake of fish sandwiches.  I’ve been to The Fishery many times and recently gave The Fish House a try.  So, let’s have a local fish sandwich Throwdown!

I will be judging based on several key components of fish sandwich enjoyment: 1) restaurant environment, 2) service, 3) breading, 4) bread, 5) the fish itself, 6) accompaniments, and 7) price.

1) Restaurant environment.  I’ve been to the Fishery locations in St. Mathews and Middletown.  Both are clean and top the Fish House in that department.  I’m sure it’s tough to keep up with all that fry grease and maintain a spotless eating area but The Fishery does a good job of it.  Both have some outdoor seating but the Fish House has a nicer patio.  Taking all things into consideration, the cleanliness factor gives The Fishery a leg up in this category.

2) Service.  Both establishments have similar SOPs: you order and pay at the counter, someone calls your name when it’s ready, and there are condiments and paper products available in the dining area.  That suits me just fine.  I don’t need to be waited on like the Queen of Sheba to enjoy my fish sandwich.  We asked a lot of questions at the Fish House like “do you bread the onion rings in house?” “are the fries fresh cut”, and “what’s the difference between scrod and haddock?”  The gentleman at the counter (who I’m betting was the owner) was super friendly.  He answered all our questions and gave us additional information without rushing us.  We’ve always received polite, efficient service at The Fishery as well.  Due to the excellent service offered to us at the counter, The Fish House wins this point.

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Haddock combo at The Fish House

3) Breading.  Now here’s where things start to get serious.  Good breading is essential to a good fish sandwich.  Unless, of course, you’re eating a grilled fish sandwich.  I like a golden brown, crispy breading that does not overpower the taste of the fish.  I am not a fan of spices in the breading – just give me some good ol’ American S & P.  The breading on The Fishery fish is fantastic.  It completely coats the fish with a golden brown breading that is thick enough to impart a nice crunch but not too much to overpower the thick, flaky cod.  It adheres well to the fish fillet and is nicely and simply seasoned.

The breading at The Fish House left much to be desired.

My husband and I ordered two different types of fish but I think the cornmeal breading was intended to be the same even though they turned out differently.  That sounded confusing.  My husband’s breading was on the light side and had a nice golden brown color.  I think mine was way overcooked and resulted in a much drier, darker end result.  Also, I felt the Fish House breading was underseasoned.  The Fishery definitely wins for best breading.

4) The bread.  I just don’t get why you Louisvillians want to eat your fish on two slices of el cheapo sandwich bread.  And I ask this question before going into the specifics of each restaurant because they both use sandwich bread as the standard.  First, the sandwich bread is way too thin which completely throws off the bread to fish ratio.  If I were a condiment person, I probably wouldn’t even be able to detect that I was eating any bread.  Secondly, there’s not near enough of the crusty part on sandwich bread slices unless you happen to luck out and get a heal.  Third, it just seems cheap to me, like they can’t afford real buns.  Fourth, the bread isn’t toasted, buttered, grilled, heated or nothing!  They just pull a couple slices out of the bag and slap the fish on it.   If you don’t want sandwich bread (like me) both places also offer some sort of bun.   Just like the bread, however, the buns are not prepped in any way.  It’s just the cold, plain bun out of the bag.  In my opinion, bread like that adds absolutely no value and may, in fact, be a detraction.  I just eat my fish sandwich without bread at these places.  This one is a tie – they both suck in the bread department.

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onion rings at The Fish House

5) The fish itself.  Like I explained previously, my husband and I ordered different types of fish at the Fish House so we could try both.  The cod (which was listed as scrod on the menu board) was flaky and tasty.  The fillet was not as thick as what I expected.   The haddock was dry, possibly due to overcooking.  The Fishery cod filet is always thick, hot, and super flaky.  There’s no contest on this factor – the Fishery wins hands down.

6)  Accompaniments.  The Fish House offers fries, cole slaw, onion rings, hush puppies, and other stuff. I chose fries and my husband chose the rings.  We both ordered our own hush puppies because we really like them and we aren’t willing to share with each other.  We were very excited about the rings because they make them in-house with their own breading.  Sadly, they turned out to be weird.  The onion slices were dry and lifeless.  The breading was underseasoned and seemed very similar to what was on the fish.  Maybe it’s just that it tasted like fish breading because it was all fried in the same grease?   No matter, we didn’t like them.   The fries are standard frozen straight-cut fries and were well-executed.   Hubby liked their hushpuppies better than I did.  I felt they were (are you seeing a trend?) a bit underseasoned.   I know I said I don’t like condiments on my fish, but I do like condiments on my fries.  My husband REQUIRES LOTS of ketchup for the fries, the onion rings and the fish sandwich.  We were mortified that the Fish House does not serve Heinz ketchup.  I am going to really hold back at this juncture and not delve into a tyrade about how Heinz ketchup is the ONLY ketchup.  Maybe another day.

The Fishery offers similar sides.  We always get fries and hush puppies.  (Mental note:  try the onion rings next time.)  The fries here are frozen as well and they are served hot, crispy, and golden.  The hushpuppies, in my opinion, are better at The Fishery.  They are more flavorful, a bit less dough-y, and slightly less dense.  I like to slather butter on my pups.  Yum!  The Fishery serves Heinz ketchup.  The point goes to The Fishery, but that ketchup situation would have taken the Fish House down regardless of the quality of the onion rings.

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Cod and hushpuppies at The Fishery

7.  Price.  Comparing the two eateries, prices are similar.  The Fishery offers a fish sandwich combo (sandwich plus two sides) for $8.25.  A generous order of hushpuppies is an additional $2.25. The Fish House offers a combo (sandwich and two sides) for $7.95 and hushpuppies are a quarter each.  I feel like you are getting much better quality for the money at The Fishery.  For that reason, The Fishery edges past the Fish House in this category.

Let’s tally the results:

Category The Fishery The Fish House 
Environment Win Lose
Service Lose Win
Breading Win Lose
Bread Tie Tie
The Fish Itself Win Lose
Accompaniments Win Lose
Price Win Lose
Total Winner, in a Landslide!

 

The Fishery – Middletown
11519 Shelbyville Rd. Ste. A.
Louisville, KY 40243
(502) 409-4296

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The Fish House
1310 Winter Avenue
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 568-2993

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Food + Drinks + Patio = A Fun Time at the Monkey Wrench

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Wings

We were out on the town on a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon looking for food and fun.  We sure found it on the upper level patio of the Monkey Wrench!

My two teenage daughters were with us.  They describe me as “obsessed with patios”.  What can I say?  I love outdoor dining when the weather is nice.  This was my first visit to the Monkey Wrench and I’m sure we will be back.

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Monkey Wrench Burger with fresh cut fries

We ordered a round of drinks to get started.  My husband had read about a gin and tonic prepared with cucumber and blueberries in a recent edition of the LEO so he was geared up to try it.  I typically go with a glass of wine but hubby was hoping we would all get fancy cocktails so I appeased him by ordering the white sangria.  He asked for two fruity virgin drinks with umbrellas for the girls.  Although I couldn’t really detect any flavor from the blueberries, my husband’s drink was refreshing and attractive.  (It inspired us to host a gin & tonic cocktail party at our home.)  My white sangria was tasty and the girls enjoyed their fruity drinks as well.  Many thanks to the establishment for charging us a very reasonable price for the two virgin drinks and really dressing them up with a fruit garnish and an honest-to-goodness drink umbrella!

The upstairs deck is dubbed the Lono Lounge and features a Cuban-Asian inspired menu.  We all ordered something to tide us over until dinner.  My husband’s favorite food “on the planet” is a cheeseburger so he wanted to see what the Monkey Wrench Burger had to offer.  I ordered the grilled shrimp on sugar cane, my 8th grader chose the wings and my junior selected the four cheese macaroni and cheese.

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Grilled Shrimp on Sugar Cane

After a slightly extended wait time (we were enjoying the atmosphere so it was not a problem) our food arrived.  I tasted everyone’s food except the burger because my husband was guarding it carefully.  My grilled shrimp did not look the way I had expected – it was finely chopped shrimp combined with other ingredients (garlic, cilantro, mint, basil) and formed into a corn dog sort of shape around the length of sugar cane.  It was very tasty so I don’t regret the choice, I just thought it would look like shrimp.

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Four Cheese Mac

The wings boasted a yummy sauce with both sweet and heat working in tandem.  They look somewhat burnt in the photo above but we did not get a burnt taste.  They were super caramelized and I like that a lot.  The mac and cheese was very good – ditalini pasta mixed with a blend of four cheeses (gruyere, white cheddar, American, and fontina) garnished with some sort of meat (the dark specks) and green onions.  Almost every plate has a sprinkling of green onions which seemed like overkill but it did add a nice kick to the mac and cheese.  My husband gave up some of his fresh cut fries and we girls gladly scarfed them up.  They had good flavor with some crunch and some tenderness so you could really taste the potato.  My husband said his burger was one of the best he’s had in the city!

All the components:  the food, the drinks, and the tiki-themed patio, added up to a fun and delicious experience with good service and a reasonable tab.  I’m anxious to go back and try the five spiced lemongrass chicken empanadas.  My husband has heard tell (that’s how we hillbillies would put it) of a burger special so I won’t have to twist his arm to get him there.

I rate the Lono Lounge at the Monkey Wrench 3 out of 5 overall.

The Monkey Wrench
1025 Barret Avenue
Louisville, KY
(502) 582-2433

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We Enjoyed the Special at the Village Anchor

anchorI have heard lots of good things about The Village Anchor. I’ve also heard it’s pretty pricey unless you take advantage of one of their specials. The Village Anchor is located in the quaint village of Anchorage which boasts the wealthiest tax base of all the school districts in Kentucky. We saw many BMWs and Mercedes’ pull into the parking lot while we enjoyed the fresh air at our outdoor four-top. It was fun watching all the well-dressed diners pour in along with many who appeared to have just left the PGA venue at nearby Valhalla. It also made me jealous of more than one pair of nice shoes I saw walk by.

The restaurant has two parts: the Village Anchor proper, located on the top floor with a gorgeous outdoor patio, and the Sea Hag, located on the lower level with a bar inside and a large covered patio outside. The weather was utterly perfect for outdoor dining so we happily took a seat on the Sea Hag patio. The same menu serves all guests regardless of which level you choose but the specials are only available at the Sea Hag. $10-Buck-Tuesdays offer guests a meal and one adult beverage for only $10 per person. That’s a super deal! We decided to try Big-Bur-Thur which provides guests a gourmet burger, side dish, and two adult beverages for $20 per person.

We were concerned that the place would get very crowded (plus I was starving to death) so we arrived at the Sea Hag shortly before 6:00. There were many available tables at that time but the place did fill up before we left. Wait staff were polished and professional. Everyone at my table ordered the special: a half-pound ground tenderloin burger with pickled red onions, garlic aioli, arugula, white cheddar cheese, and a fried egg on a pretzel bun with tater tots. I 86’ed everything on my burger but the burger and the bun. I know: I eat my hamburgers and hot dogs like a 5-year old. With the special you have your choice of a handful of domestic beers or a glass of house wine.

The food was delivered about the time we all finished with our first round of drinks. The presentation was as nice as it could be I suppose – I mean, how do you make tater tots visually appealing? The plates were an attractive modern shape in crisp white. White plates really showcase the food in my opinion. I am transitioning to all white serve ware at home.

The burger was cooked to perfection – at least for me. There was some slight pink in the thickest part of the burger and the meat was tender and juicy. I don’t think I could have fit the whole stack in my mouth if I had all the accompaniments on the burger. I mashed it down as best I could just with the pretzel bun. Everyone in my party enjoyed the burger with lots of nods for the pretzel bun and the fried egg. The tater tots are probably pre-made frozen and fried on site, but they were crispy and hot. I would not say no to a crispy tater tot.

In an unexpected and creative turn, the bill is presented to you tucked inside the pages of a paperback romance novel.. You know, the kind with the voluptuous woman being held tightly by an Adonis?

Even with the two beverages included, I’m not sure this was an exceptional value. The wine list showed the least expensive glass of wine at $6 which means the burger could be valued at $8 and that’s just where I think it should be. Therefore it is a fair price but not like a half-off sale in the Macy’s shoe department. (I really have shoes on my mind today.) I plan to come back for $10-Buck-Tuesday and enjoy the patio again. The regular menu includes lots of dishes that are very appealing to me including shrimp and grits and sea bass but the prices would put it into the “special occasion” category so they’ll have to compete with Volare and Jeff Ruby’s for my attention.

I rate The Village Anchor 3.5 out of 5 for this visit. (The patio gets a 5!)

The Village Anchor
11507 Park Road
Anchorage, KY 40223
502.708.1850

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Hay! Chi Wa Waa Caused Us to Say “Whaaaaaaat?”

My husband went out socializing with our neighbors while I was out of town on business last week.  The promise of Mexican food was powerful enough to pull him away from the evening he planned involving Redbox, take-out and his PJs.   The destination:  the Hay! Chi Wa Waa Mexican Bar & Grill in Lyndon.

Since I didn’t experience it firsthand, I extensively interviewed three of the four diners in my husband’s party.  I’ll just give you the high points (or low points, as it were) reported back to me.

1.  Strange salsa – at first the table was informed the kitchen was out of salsa but making more.  When the so-called salsa was delivered, it was piping hot with a flavor much like “tomato soup”.  No one liked the salsa.  They asked the waitstaff if it was supposed to be like that.  My neighbor said that could be a positive, because then she wasn’t tempted to fill up on chips and salsa and add all those extra calories to her meal.  She’s such a “half-full” kind of gal.

2.  Strange chimichanga gravy – my husband is obsessed with both chimichangas and gravy.  He can wax poetic about the different kinds of gravy and their delicious attributes.  Get him started and he’ll rave about chicken gravy, sausage gravy, turkey gravy, even squirrel gravy.  He has declared Los Aztecas to have the very best chimichanga gravy in town.  The gravy on the Hay Chi Wa Waa chimi was not at all to his liking.  He said it was like Salisbury steak gravy complete with bits of onion.  My husband was expecting some version of ranchero and/or queso sauce however, in defense of the restaurant, the menu does describe it as “brown chili gravy”.

3.  Strange chicken – during the interviews I conducted, the diners discussed the chicken and the “something” about it that made it strange.  No one could effectively describe it.  Perhaps it was cooked in advance and had a strange taste or texture due to reheating.  Perhaps it was the particular cut of meat.  They couldn’t put their finger on it.  I read some of the Urbanspoon reviews and several of them spoke of this strange chicken.

4.  Strange service – the group said they had at least a half dozen different employees involved in their service that night.  It seemed chaotic and disjointed.  As they tried to order, the owner/chef attempted to talk them into other dishes.  Two of the diners gave up and told him to just bring whatever he thought they would like.  Maybe my husband should have gone that route, too, given how the chimi thing turned out.

On the positive side, everyone said the guacamole was delicious!  Definitely the best part of the meal, the guacamole retained a chunky texture the group enjoyed.

I think the name is really fun.  I like saying it!

Hay! Chi Wa Waa
808 Lyndon Lane Suite 105
Louisville,  KY   40222
502-883-1924

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The “Like” Button is Simply Inadequate – Guaca Mole

guaca4I do not tire of Mexican food.  It is simply delicious.  I enjoy the standards (the El Nopals of the world) but I also enjoy a more upscale, sophisticated take on the traditional flavors.  Chef Fernando Martinez is one of my culinary heroes in Louisville and he doesn’t disappoint at all with the offerings at Guaca Mole.

I could do an entire post (and maybe I will) about the fabulous food this man creates.  I’ve already gone on and on about how much I like Mussel and Burger Bar, but I’ll try to stay on topic for this post.

This was my second visit to Guaca Mole.   Last time I had the shrimp ceviche, which was delicious, along with the carnita sopes, which…you guessed it! Were DELICIOUS!  I see this menu as one of those where you simply can’t make a bad choice so I wanted to try some other items even though I knew I’d be happy ordering the same things I ate the last time.  This place is so good, it made my short list for my “Best Thing I Ever Ate” post.

guaca3With a name like Guaca Mole, you would expect their guacamole to be pretty darned good, and it was.  We ordered the traditional version but they also offer two other, more adventurous varieties.  With a slightly chunky texture and the bright flavors of cilantro and lime we quickly made our way through the appetizer course.

guaca2For the entrée I chose the spicy chicken enchiladas.  I love the tartness of the salsa verde and the pickled red onions are fabulous.  (Note to self:  learn how to make those!  They would be perfect with our homemade carnitas.)  The chicken was tender and flavorful.  The dish was generously sauced and beautifully presented.  I was unable to finish the dish due to the more-than-adequate portion size.

The interior of the space is furnished with modern appointments, continuing the sophisticated mood set by the menu choices.  Service has been right on point during each of my visits with friendly, knowledgeable staff.  I feel the experience is well worth the already reasonable prices.

I highly recommend Guaca Mole and award it a top rating of 5 out of 5.  It’s one of my very favorite places in the city.

Guaca Mole
9921 Ormsby Station Road
Louisville, KY 40223
502-365-4822

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